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Stone 10.10.10 Vertical Epic Ale



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RATINGS: 626   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
This ninth edition of our Stone Vertical Epic Ale series takes two interesting left turns. A Belgian-style golden triple is the starting point of this beer, but the first left turn is nearly immediate with the addition of dried chamomile flowers, triticale, and Belgian amber candi sugar. The second, and rather unusual left turn takes us half an hour up the road from Stone to Temecula courtesy of the addition of just-pressed Muscat, Gewurztraminer and Sauvignon Blanc grapes from our friends at South Coast Winery. As the Stone Vertical Epic Ale series has moved through the calendar, we found that the brewing schedule for a 10.10.10 release coincided nicely with the grape harvest, neatly providing an interesting twist in this epic ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChazMania (665) - Oceanside, California, USA - OCT 22, 2010
Bomber poured into a tulip glass. Iím surprised by the many low scores on this. Maybe Iím rating it higher since my earlier beer was not so good. If that is true, then I will adjust this next time I drink it! Aroma is floral and light; color is gorgeous with amber/orange. Small head faded quickly. Taste is great, very cool marriage of a strong Belgian blonde with zesty white wine grapes. I can clearly taste the Sauv Blanc and Muscat. Very crisp and clean finish and the after burp is sweet! A very enjoyable beer. I think my wife would love this which means I need to go buy a couple more!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
merlin48 (656) - Jenkins, Kentucky, USA - DEC 5, 2010
Certainly the most complex of the VE series Iíve sampled. Hazed golden body has a thin ivory head that leaves patch and sheet lacing on the goblet. Aroma has fruity white grape skins, overripe Anjou pears, perfumey incense, and herbal chamolile. Medium full body has a subtle carbonation and a syrupiness. Taste is grape skins, candy sugar, vanilla, herbal chamomile, and charred incense. Alcohol is nicely concealed. A bit overly sweet. Reminds me of drinking liquid incense.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
TheGent (656) - , Massachusetts, USA - JAN 24, 2011
Sorry to say I did not like this one because I thought the idea of adding grapes to a beer was an interesting concept. Poured this 22oz bottle into some tumblers for tasting. Light white yellow fizzed color with very thin head. Aroma did give a white whine and sweet Belgium candi and yeast elements, but nothing to write home about. Really the let down was that I was getting to much alcohol taste which is ok in some beers but I hoped this would have been better hidden. I may have had this to warm which added to this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
camborne (656) - Hopkins, Minnesota, USA - MAR 30, 2013
Banana and bread nose. Palate follows suit and add Candi sugar and apple juice. Sweet Belgium style beer. Drank this after cellaring 2 years. Tasty

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - OCT 17, 2010
bomber. Pale Belgian w/ lots of twists. Long vinous finish, chardonnay & riesling. Perfectly drinakable. Spot on.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brewski519 (644) - Morrisville, North Carolina, USA - MAY 9, 2011
22 oz bottle pours a hazy golden color with a minimal head that dissipates quickly. Aroma has a lot of fresh grassy and spicy hops, grapes, and plenty of sweetness. Flavor is sweet, with some spice, grassy hoppiness and caramel. Mouthfeel is medium body and moderate carbonation. The alcohol is pretty well hidden in this one.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
gorditoabd (634) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 13, 2010
Bottle. Pours a fey golden hue with minimal fizzy, fast-fading white head. Aroma is practically null, except for maybe a hint of white grape. Taste is malt and hay, followed by a semi-sweet white wine turn, but itís all wildly understated. A second sip reveals a touch more sweetness, but overall this brew is pretty bland. Hopefully, itís just immature and needs to bottle age.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tcon25 (624) - Duvall, Washington, USA - APR 6, 2015
Bottle pour at Brouwer?s in Seattle, after the first Mariners win of the season. Light golden pour, sweet wood yeast aroma, flavor of wood, oak age, smooth beer, nice age on this one

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
maltdog (621) - Colorado, USA - JAN 20, 2011
Pale orange with a thin, large-bubbled head. Spicy plum and bubblegum nose with "smoked lychee", cheddar, new tires, and nose-burning alcohol. Tastes sweet and sour, pineapple and raspberry, peppery/gingery spice, cheese. Potent ethanolic heat. Creamy and nearly uncarbonated. Faint chamomille and bell pepper (sauv blanc) in the finish; butter and boysenberry aftertaste. Interesting but not great. All those indredients just get messy. A pervading cheese and harsh alcohol character throughout. An average, missed-the-mark attempt a Belgian ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hamilton23 (619) - Alpine, California, USA - NOV 26, 2010
On tap at Bruery Provisions. Pours an orange/yellow color. Smell is definitely white wine, sweet, muscat grapes. The Taste is lots of dried fruits, apricots and peaches. I had low expectations, given what others have been saying about this one, but I was pleasantly surprised.

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